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Old 10-11-2017, 10:47 AM   #11
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Disney could easily put in a hydraulic lift bridge or draw bridge to cross the canal, and should be ADA compliant. They already have at least one in the WS by the China pavilion.
A very expensive drawbridge in a spot that would likely have very little foot traffic.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:00 AM   #12
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A very expensive drawbridge in a spot that would likely have very little foot traffic.
No doubt a movable bridge would be expensive. However, I think it would get a fair amount of use if a continuous trail were to be developed around the lake, so that all of the monorail resorts would have walkable access to the MK, plus WL. This has always been one of the things people rave about staying at the Epcot resorts. I would certainly use it!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:13 AM   #13
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A very expensive drawbridge in a spot that would likely have very little foot traffic.
It's only 100' gap, so if I ran fast enough and jumped, just maybe ... nah.

Or just put a rowboat on a rope to pull across the channel.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:30 PM   #14
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No doubt a movable bridge would be expensive. However, I think it would get a fair amount of use if a continuous trail were to be developed around the lake, so that all of the monorail resorts would have walkable access to the MK, plus WL. This has always been one of the things people rave about staying at the Epcot resorts. I would certainly use it!
I tend to agree with Michael on this. People would not use it. It's further than most people will want to walk.

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Old 10-11-2017, 10:19 PM   #15
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I tend to agree with Michael on this. People would not use it. It's further than most people will want to walk.

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Looking at the distance from VGF to the MK main entrance, it looks to be about 2/3 of a mile. This is about the same as it would be from the Community Hall at BWV to DHS, which I don't mind walking, but I would agree that I don't see a lot of others on that path during park hours and would probably not warrant having an expensive bridge.

That said, I approach it as a runner and someone that likes to explore areas on foot, and I thought it would be nice to make the area a little more pedestrian friendly. I don't walk exceptionally fast and can walk a mile in about 20 minutes, so it really isn't that far to walk. We're talking maybe 15 minutes from the VGF for a normal, able bodied person.
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I drive Uber/Lyft a few times a week (pays my MF bill!). You'd be surprised how many rides I give of less than 1 mile, on a nice day no less, when there are sidewalks between both points. A good number of people flat out just don't like walking.

Me? I'll skip the Boardwalk boat if the line is too long and/or the boat just left and speed walk between Epcot and DHS.

Disclaimer: If you have health issues by all means use transportation. I'm not trying to be a health nazi here.

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No doubt a movable bridge would be expensive. However, I think it would get a fair amount of use if a continuous trail were to be developed around the lake, so that all of the monorail resorts would have walkable access to the MK, plus WL. This has always been one of the things people rave about staying at the Epcot resorts. I would certainly use it!
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Me? I'll skip the Boardwalk boat if the line is too long and/or the boat just left and speed walk between Epcot and DHS.

Disclaimer: If you have health issues by all means use transportation. I'm not trying to be a health nazi here.
We'll skip the boat always and walk. Never a need to take it, IMO.

Certainly those who have health issues that prohibit walking shouldn't. Of course, a lot of health issues are mitigated by getting more exercise. I am one who encourages others to be more active and improve their health. If some choose to equate that to a movement that incinerated millions of people, so be it.

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This should not be an issue, especially at that time in the morning. It is a very nice run along the path. From BLT front door to the end of the path (toward the GF end) is approx 0.8 miles each way. Enjoy the run!
Well, I plan to give it a go Monday morning. Will report back on my success or failure!

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Old 10-13-2017, 03:19 AM   #19
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Epcot resorts are a good for running, but I also like OKW/SSR; there are a variety of paths/distances you can cobble together, and if you are an early morning runner, you could even run the golf course (though technically, against the rules).

For a long run from BLT, I take the boat over to WL/FW and run the loops at FW.
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Disney could easily put in a hydraulic lift bridge or draw bridge to cross the canal, and should be ADA compliant. They already have at least one in the WS by the China pavilion.
Unfortunately, cost vs. usage will never allow this to be built (even if they could somehow get us to partially fund it by selling pavers).
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